This archived article was written by: Jordan Weihing
The USU Eastern’s Women’s Basketball team went 1-3 on their four-game road trip these past two weeks.
They started off their road trip beating Snow 68-53. As always, Eastern played some lockdown defense, causing 22 turnovers. Eastern was able to make 23 points off of Snow’s turnovers alone. They played a consistent game, maintaining their lead the entire second half.
The bench gave a big boost to the team scoring 40 points. Larissa Quintana and Abby Call were able to come off the bench and score a combined 22 points. Quintana showed her excellent free throw shooting ability getting all of her 12 points from the free throw line.
Gabriella Borges and Quintana tied for the high scorers, each scoring 12 points. Hailee Parry played some lockdown defense with four steals.
On the second game of the four-game road trip, Eastern lost to Salt Lake Community College 69-44. The Eagle’s defense was impressive seizing 15 steals and causing SLCC to commit 25 turnovers.
Parry was the high scorer on the team with 12 points. She also had a great defensive game with five steals.
However, Eastern had a tough time hitting shots. They were 1/15 from behind the 3-point line. Overall their field goal percentage was 19 percent.
Eastern continued their road trip as they made the 18 hour bus ride to play North Idaho College on Feb. 7. They lost 49-69.
Eastern kept on par with North Idaho in shooting. Each team hit 21 field goals. The only difference was that the Eagle’s were only able to make it to the foul line six times, while North Idaho was allowed to attempt 40 foul shots.
Head Coach David Paur was upset with the officiating during the game , he said “I would say in a normal game we would of lost by 5-8 but not 20. . . the foul line murdered us, we had as many field goals as them. . . you just can’t beat 40 foul shots compared to six.”
Parry was high scorer in that game with 11 and Borges was right behind her with 10. Brooke Slade had a great defensive game with five blocks.
On Feb. 9 Eastern went up against College of Southern Idaho to finish off their four-game road trip. They lost 58-70. Amy Arbon was high scorer of the game with 15 points. Parry supported her teammate dishing out five assists. Isabella Costa dominated defensively with four steals and three blocks.
The team had a tough time hitting their free throws. Their free throw percentage was 61 percent compared to CSI’s 85 percent.
Coach Paur said, “we lost the game in the last four minutes of the first half.” During that time, CSI went on a scoring spree. “It’s very hard to overcome that.” Eastern was playing catch-up-game from that time forth.
On Feb. 21 Eastern will have another road game, which will make five in a row, against Colorado North-Western. After that they will return home to play Snow College on Feb. 21. The Eagles will remain at home that Saturday Feb. 23 to go up against Salt Lake Community College, which will also be the last home game.